Upgrade at the Knusperhaus

12 Feb

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Finally, I made some new “bricks” and mortar for my witchy Knusperhaus. After weeks without any real baking or cooking lust, yesterday I had to use up some eggs and remembered a few of my favorite recipes:

Honey banana peanut butter muffins

Blueberry and buttermilk banana bread

Lemon curd

And I decided to confirm my suspicion that our blender is not strong enough to make date-based vegan truffles and then made the dough with a fork and my bare hands instead (it works!). My basic recipe, loosely adapted after several recipes I had read online:

Diandra’s Cursed Vegan Balls

5-6 Medjool dates (they are bigger and superior, you could use about 8 normal dates, I guess)

3 heaping tablespoons peanut butter (and I mean heaping! There is no such thing as too much peanut butter.)

about 1 cup of ground hazelnuts

200g dark chocolate

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1. Soak the pitted dates in some water for at least 10 minutes. Drain, put in a blender and curse because that stupid thing only squishes the dates in the corners.

2. Add peanut butter to see whether that improves the situation. Watch with horror as a solid mass forms in the corners below the blades.

3. Remove the would-be dough from the blender with a spoon, lots of patience and a bit of cursing (to taste). Mash the dates and peanut butter with a fork until a uniform paste forms.

4. Add ground hazelnuts and mix with your hands until a solid dough ball forms.

5. Make 18-20 dough balls and chill these for at least half an hour.

6. Chop chocolate, add coconut oil and heat (I used the microwave in 1-minute intervals, stirring between intervals and repeating until all chocolate was molten, maybe 3 minutes at best).

7. Dip balls in chocolate with help of a fork (honestly, I just threw a bunch of them into the chocolate, stirred and then removed them with the fork), tapping the excess chocolate at the edge of your chocolate bowl.

8. Chill balls once more on parchment paper until the chocolate is solid.

9. Eat remaining chocolate with a spoon, drizzle it over bread or cake or use it to make some real hot chocolate (with a pinch of chili).

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3 Responses to “Upgrade at the Knusperhaus”

  1. Magaly Guerrero February 13, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    I can’t stop saying “cursed vegan balls” and giggling. I blame you. Yes, I do. *giggles.

    • diandralinnemann February 13, 2014 at 9:37 am #

      And now go and make them and then praise me and curse your balls.

  2. georgina February 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Oh yum!!! great idea!!

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